JD Parties is not just for Christmas, as the staff of a major high street retailer found out last weekend when we organised their annual staff fun day for the third year running.
Staff travelled from across the country to attend the event, which was jam-packed with incredible entertainment!
As with our Christmas parties, we always look to evolve our events and make them bigger and better each year. This year our first task was to find a new venue. The award-winning, interactive children’s activity park, Farmer Ted’s, which is situated on a working farm, within the beautiful Lancashire countryside, was perfect to accommodate the 1,500 visitors each day.
Farmer Ted’s is well known in the North West and is a firm favourite with families, so adding more attractions to what was already on offer made perfect sense.
The contrast of Farmer Ted’s existing activities such as the Bug and Reptile House, the tractor rides and petting zoo worked perfectly with the attractions we brought in, such as the fairground favourites of the dodgems, the waltzers and the vintage Helter-skelter.
The donkey rides proved to be a big hit with children.
Demonstrations such as a bird of prey display and sheep racing brought families together as they cheered on their chosen animal – the delight in the children’s faces as they watched the racing unfold was priceless.
Face painting tents are always popular and it was lovely to see children, parents and grandparents all taking part, crowds full of colourful butterfly and tiger faces were everywhere!
Grown men with spider faces could be seen speeding around the helter-skelter and flashes of colour added to the already vibrant carousel ride.
We gave Farmer Ted’s chefs a day off and brought in food from around the world with good old-fashioned fish and chip vans, burgers, hot and spicy burritos, Italian pizza, pick n mix and everything in between.
One of the highlights of the weekend was once again the helicopter ride – a once-in-a-lifetime experience for some of the families.
The sun was shining, each day was full of happy families and the JD Parties team is happy to, once again, have delivered another great event!